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    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    The 2018 Lexus IS offers drivers a sporty sedan with a subtle stylish look. The LS is loaded with standard equipment and many available options. If you’ve been thinking about taking the Lexus IS for a spin, now is the time.


    Lexus offers a few engine option for the 2018 Lexus IS. The Lexus IS 300 engine is a 2.0 liter turbo 4 making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is exclusively paired to a rear-wheel drive 8-speed automatic transmission. The second engine option is the IS 300 AWD. This engine is a 260 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 mated to an all-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission. The final engine option is the IS 350 which is a naturally aspirated engine. This engine is unique because there is no flat torque because it builds power as the revolutions increase.

    Features & Technology

    Lexus has fitted the 2018 Lexus IS with tons of standard features you should get excited about. Standard features on all Lexus IS models include a rearview camera, moonroof, keyless ignition, LED headlights, synthetic leather, infotainment with a 7.0 inch display, and 17-inch wheels.

    Those features are standard, but there are other available options to up your game. The Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats and the luxury group gets a power-adjustable steering column and blind-spot monitors. Other packages add options for navigation with a 10.3 inch display, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, leather and wood features, heated steering wheel, and parking sensors.


    The 2018 Lexus IS brought home some safety awards. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration gave the IS a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a “good” scoring in most test and the headlights earned the IS a Top Safety Pick.

    For 2018 Lexus made a rearview camera standard on the IS and other available features include the latest collision prevention hardware which includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. Another available option is for blind-spot monitors.

    If you are as impressed with the 2018 Lexus IS as we are, we would love for you to come see us in San Jose at Lexus Stevens Creek and we’ll get you into your new ride.


    Starts at $38,210 MSRP


    Comparison: 2018 LS500 vs 2018 Audi A7

    Lexus has historically been known as a leading luxury car brand, and if any vehicle is going to prove it, it is their flagship model, the LS 500. With a focus on style, craftsmanship, and performance, the 2018 LS 500 is sure to excite any luxury car enthusiast looking for a new addition to their collection. Still not convinced? Read below for our comparison of the 2018 LS 500 against the Audi A7, and then come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, CA to test drive one today.


    LS 500

    The LS 500 comes in three different trim levels: Base, F Sport, and Hybrid. The Base and F Sport levels include a V6 Twin-Turbo engine that produces 416 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid level includes a V6 engine with Lexus Hybrid Drive that produces 354 HP. The Base and F Sport trims get an average of 19 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the Hybrid trim gets an average of 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway. All trim levels are available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

    Audi A7

    The Audi A7 comes in two different trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige. Both trim levels include a 3.0 TFSI® six-cylinder engine producing 340 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both trim levels also get an average of 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. Both trims come all-wheel drive standard.


    LS 500

    The LS 500 is made with precise Takumi Craftsmanship, using premium Art Woods and Kiriko cut glass to create a vehicle that is more of a work of art than just a car that will get you to and from work. With features such as Adaptive Variable Suspension, rear-seat butterfly headrests, seven distinct massage settings, LED head and taillamps, and Lexus Enform® for safety, the LS 500 is sure to impress.

    Audi A7

    The Audi A7 focuses on features and style as a focus point. Features of the A7 includes the optional S line exterior®, full LED head and taillamps, MMI® display, available S Sport Valcona leather seats, Audi connect®, and Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go. The A7 is sure to make any car enthusiast happy.


    LS 500

    Starts at $75,000 MSRP

    Audi A7

    Starts at $69,700 MSRP


    Review: 2018 RC

    San Jose drivers, are you looking for a new and exciting vehicle to impress your peers? The new 2018 Lexus RC has enough flash and style to do just that and more. With a focus on performance, style, and safety, this vehicle will make you stand-out in just about any situation. Read our review below of this 2018 RC and then come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose to test drive your very own.


    The 2018 Lexus RC comes in two exciting and distinct models, the 300 and the 350. The RC 300 model features a Turbo In-Line 4 engine that produces 241 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. This model gets an estimated 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway. The RC 350 model features a V6 engine that produces 311 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. This model gets an estimated 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. Both models come in two different trims, the Base and F sport levels, and are also available as all rear-wheel and all-wheel drive.

    Comfort and Design

    The 2018 Lexus RC is as stylish as it can get. Features of this model include F Sport perforated leather-trimmed steering wheels and shift knob, bolstered F Sport seats, perforated leather-trimmed interior seating, Nuluxe interior trim, and an outer-sliding moonroof.

    Comfort features include heated front seats and steering wheel, which are available in all-wheel drive only, dual-zone climate control, the Lexus memory system, electro-chromatic inside mirrors, ambient lighting, and illuminated door handles for better nighttime viewing.


    Safety is a key component in the 2018 Lexus RC. Features include the Lexus Safety System, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, blind spot monitoring, a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and Smart Stop technology.


    Starts at $40,640 MSRP


    Review: 2019 Lexus NX300

    San Jose drivers, the newest Lexus model you have all been waiting for is finally here. We are happy to introduce the new 2019 Lexus NX 300. This vehicle is the perfect luxury SUV for your next cross-country road trip. Read below for our review of the new 2019 NX 300 and then come to Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive your very own today.


    The 2019 NX 300 comes in three different trim levels: Base, F Sport, and Hybrid. The Base and F Sport trims include a Turbo In-Line 4 engine that gets 235 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both of these trims get an estimated 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. The Hybrid trim includes an In-Line 4 engine that gets 194 total HP that gets an estimated 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. Both the Base and F Sport trim levels come in all-wheel and front-wheel drive, with the Hybrid coming only in all-wheel drive.


    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2018, gave the 2019 NX 300 a five-star overall vehicle score for safety. Impressive safety features of the 2019 NX include the standard Lexus Safety System, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and an eight-airbag system. Optional features specific to different trims include rain-sensing wipers, LED cornering foglamps, and a vehicle proximity notification system.

    Comfort and convenience features include premium triple-beam LED headlamps with adaptive front-lighting system, leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and seats, dual-zone climate control, and massive interior storage and cargo space.


    Starts at $36,185 MSRP


    Sneak Peak: 2019 ES

    The Lexus ES is nothing new; in fact, the first ES250 arrived in 1989. Since 1989 there have been six generations of the Lexus ES with the seventh generation coming out in October. ES stands for Elegant Sedan and has indeed grown into that. When the vehicle first came out, it was intended to be Lexus’ version of the Toyota Camry.

    Long gone are those days of mundane vehicle design. Today the Lexus ES that we have available to us is a dynamic, powerful, and head-turning vehicle that gives consumers much to look forward to come October.

    Read on to learn what’s new in the 2019 Lexus ES.


    The 2019 Lexus ES will take you from 0 to 60 in just 6.6 seconds. The previous six-speed transmission has been replaced with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the ES to accelerate even faster. We have come to expect quiet comfort with Lexus, but the new 2019 ES might be to most tranquil interior we’ve seen yet.

    You also still have the option for a gasoline-electric hybrid, which was released with the previous generation and labeled ES300H. In the 2019 hybrid model, you’ll get a little more horsepower than the 2018 model and will top out at 215-hp. What’s truly impressive about the hybrid model is the fuel economy. The new 2019 ES has improvements of 4 mpg on the city and combined features and a 6-mpg improvement on the highway. These improvements bring the 2019 ES in at an impressive 44 mpg city, 45 highway, and 44 combined.

    And, new in 2019, drivers will have the option to opt for a sportier ES – the F Sport. This new model is the first model in ES history that can be classified as a sport sedan, and it does not disappoint.

    Comfort & Convenience

    Lexus did not cut any corner with the design of the 2019 ES. They use superior materials, elegant design, and top of the line technology. Standard features on the new ES include onboard Wi-Fi, a premium audio system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Siri Eyes Free and Amazon Alexa integration, an optional head-up display, an easy to read TFT instrument cluster, and an 8-inch touchpad-controlled central infotainment screen located atop the dash and the option to upgrade to a 12.3-inch screen.

    And, of course, Lexus provides drivers with a slew of safety features that all come standard.